Dark Parks Books & Collectibles
The Oedipus Judaicus. [Presentation Copy From Author to the Marchioness of Stafford, Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland]. London: A.J. Valpy, 1811. First edition. First private edition. Only 50 copies printed. ,2, lxxxii, 16 plates, , 381, p. Lacks 2-page ads at end, not uncommon. Contemporary calf, gilt rules to covers, floral decorative gilt spine, with title on red label, minor edge wear, covers with some rubbing, minor scar to front cover (see pictures), marbled edges and endpapers. First blank with presentation inscription from author ‘To the Marchioness of Stafford With his Wm. Drummond Compliments’, small clean tear on same leaf, no affect. Text clean and overall an excellent copy. 16 lithographed plates by T. Baxter, plus one unsigned engraving. Drummond (1770-1828), scholar and diplomatist, first attracted scholarly attention with his "A Review of the Governments of Athens and Sparta" published in 1795 when he was but 25 years old. He became a member of Parliament and was sent to Naples as minister plenipotentiary. He then became ambassador to the Ottoman Porte. Though he wrote other works on ancient history, his most famous work is the Oedipus Judaicus. " ...his most daring work writing was Oedipus Judaicus printed for private circulation in 1811 (Only 50 copies were printed!). It was an attempt to prove that many parts of the Old Testament are allegories, chiefly derived from astronomy (thus Joshua is a type of the Sun in the sign of Ram, Jerico the Moon in her several quarters) and was accompanied by a very polemical preface, published separately. This curious anticipation of modern theories professed to be written from the standpoint of a theist." [-DNB]. "As one reviewer said, 'It could only be brought out occasionally, when the servants were busy, and the children a-bed--lest a single glance into one of its pages should either excite plebeian horror, or produce too early a contempt for old fashioned opinions." [As quoted in Joscelyn Godwin's The Theosophical Enlightenment,1994, who should be seen for a fuller account of the author and his work.] We believe the inscription from author Drummond is to ‘the Marchioness of Stafford’, Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland (1765-1839), Scottish peer best known for her involvement in the Highland Clearances (the Scottish Agricultural Revolution), also friend of Sir Walter Scott and and published artists, with watercolor, oil paintings and etchings.
NSTC D1861. Lowndes 676. DP20325 $1200.00
Theatrum sympatheticum, in quo sympathiae actiones variae... Nurnberg: J.A. and W. Jun Endter, 1660. First Latin edition. 8vo. Hardcover. , )(3-)(5, , A-Q12. Lacks blanks. (20), 377, (3)p. Modern antique calf, blind fleurons and rules to covers, red title label in gilt, new endpapers, lacks blanks. Rare folding frontispiece with tiny worm track at upper edge of large blank inner margin, no affect to illustration at all. Few contemporary notes, specifically corrections to the text. Would be interesting to know who made them. Some minor foxing and a few light dampstains to front, overall an excellent copy, old bookmark ribbon bound in. Rare first Latin edition, at time of description we locate only one other copy for sale, at a much higher price. With rare folding emblematic frontispiece. “Digby first described his well-known weapon-salve, or powder of sympathy, in the discourse alleged to have been delivered at Montpellier in 1658. Its method of employment stamps it as the merest quackery. The wound was never to be brought into contact with the powder, which was merely powdered vitriol. A bandage was to be taken from the wound, immersed in the powder, and kept there till the wound healed. Digby gives a fantastic account of the ‘sympathetic’ principles involved. He says that he learned how to make and apply the drug from a Carmelite who had travelled in the East, and whom he met at Florence in 1622. He first employed it about 1624 to cure James Howell of a wound in his hand, and he adds that James I and Dr. Mayerne were greatly impressed by its efficacy, and that Bacon registered it in his scientific collections... “ [-DNB]. Caillet 10600. Thorndike VII: 505. Bruning 2031. Ferguson II: 440. Occult. Medicine. Science. Quackery. Emblems. Sympathetic powder. War. Alchemy. Salve. Potions. Ointment.DP20239 $1000.00
Earle, James, Sir.
A Treatise Of The Hydrocele: Containing An Examination Of All The Usual Methods Of Obtaining Relief In That Disease. The Radical Cure By Injection Is Particularly Described, And Illustrated With Cases. London: J. Johnston, 1791. First edition. 8vo. (4), 163p. Modern-antique full calf, minor scuff and soiling, gilt title label to spine, new endpapers, original blanks with minor edge wear, some very minor foxing to outer margins, last couple leaves with heavier foxing, overall an excellent and clean copy of a scarce title. ESTC lists only 7 institution holdings in the UK and 10 in the US. “Sir James Earle (1755-1817), surgeon, was born in London in 1755, and received his professional education at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. He was elected assistant-surgeon to the hospital in 1770. From 1776 to 1784, as Mr. Crane, one of the surgeons, was unable to operate, Earle performed one-third of the operations at the hospital. He was elected surgeon 22 May 1784, and held that office for thirty-one years... In 1802, when president of the College of Surgeons, he was knighted by the king... He was famous for his skill in lithomy (removing stones inside organs such as the kidney and bladder), and introduced an improvement in the treatment of hydrocele.” [-DNB]. Earle was a student of Percivall Pott (1714-1788, famous surgeon and pioneer of cancer treatment), he married his daughter and later published his works. Earle is best known for this work on the hydrocele (swelling in the scrotum). “Sir James Earle, a relative and pupil of Pott (surgeon extraordinary to the king) was the inventor of injections (red wine) in hydrocele” [-Baas, Outlines Hist. of Medicine & the Medical Profession, 1889].
ESTC: T78163. Ploucquet: Biblio Medico IV: 467. Medicine. Science. Anatomy. Hydrocele. Disease. Lithotomy. Injections. Testicles. Scrotum. Urinary. Bladder. Kidney. DP20247 $250.00
Roland De Montrevel; or, The Companions of Jehu. [bound with] Ingenue; or, The Death of Marat. London: Ward and Lock and Thomas Hodgson, 1860. First UK editions. Very rare. 8vo. 286, 301p. Early red cloth, soiled, title label with gilt, minor wear to edges. Some very minor foxing. p165/66 with tiny corner tear, no affect at all. Overall, a nice copy of two scarce titles in one. Companions of Jehu: OCLC lists only six copies, only one copy in the US (Texas). Ingenue: OCLC lists only four copies, only one in the US (UCLA). At time of description we find no other copies listed for sale. Adventure. Napoleon. Suspense. Politics. Romance. DP20202 $250.00
[Ducray-Duminil, Francois Guillaume]. Lucy Peacock, trans.
Ambrose And Eleanor; Or, The Adventures of Two Children Deserted On An Uninhabited Island. London: Printed for R. and L. Peacock, 1797. Second edition. Scarce. 8vo. iv, 226, p. Contemporary calf, gilt stamp ruling to spine, worn, front hinges started, some chipping to board edges. Some foxing. “WCW” old owners signature upper margin of title page. Clean tear to bottom of p19, through some text, but no affect. With engraved frontispiece. Continued title: “Translated From the French. With Alterations, Adapting it to the Perusal of Youth, for whose Amusement and Instruction it is designed”. English translation of Duminil’s “Lolotte et Fanfan” (1788). Lolotte et Fanfan helped establish the popular novels about orphans and abandoned children that would continue throughout the decade of revolution, it appeared in ten editions between 1788-1810.Lucy Peacock (fl.1785-1816), author, often anonymously of works for children. Peacock was bookseller and publisher of children’s books during the late 18th century, also editor of The Juvenile Magazine. ESTC: T96711 (listing only 2 copies in UK and 5 copies in US). Juvenile. Children's books. Adventure. Robinson Crusoe. Orphans. Outcast.
Faber, George Stanley.
The Origin Of Pagan Idolatry Ascertained From Historical Testimony And Circumstantial Evidence. London: A.J. Valpy, 1816. First edition.
3 vols. lxxx, 496, xxii, 504, xxvii, 682p. Subscribers bound in towards front. Three volumes, contemporary calf, minor shelf wear/rubbing, spine caps with minor chipping, some light scuffing, gilt boarders to covers, decorative floral gilt to spines, title in gilt, vols 1 & 3 with front cover hinge starting, repaired. Minor ghosting from frontispieces, very few leaves with light foxing, some fox spots to plates and map, few pages with minor pencil notes, otherwise all three volumes just about near fine, with clean and crisp text and large margins. With 3 fill-page frontispieces and map of ‘Position of Paradise and Mount Ararat’, at start of text in vol 1. Faber, George Stanley (1773–1854), Church of England clergyman and religious writer. "Faber's brand of Anglicanism was strongly evangelical, and he stressed the protestant doctrines of the necessity of conversion, justification by faith, and the sole authority of scripture as the rule of faith. As a result of his opinions and his writings, he became friendly with Bishop Burgess, Bishop van Mildert, Bishop Barrington, the marquess of Bath, Lord Bexley, and Dr Routh. His writings on The Origin of Pagan Idolatry (1816) attempted to demonstrate, mainly through the evidence of the Old Testament, that all pagan nations had worshipped the same gods who, he argued, were in fact men who had been deified by simple people. The origins of their errors stemmed from the Tower of Babel and Noah's three sons." [Oxford DNB]. NSTC 2F467. Lowndes 772. Graesse VII,541. Goodland, Sex, 191. DP20363 $1000.00
[Fuller, Samuel]. A Lover of the Mathematicks.
A Mathematical Miscellany In Four Parts. I. An Essay towards the probable Solution of the Forty-five surprising Paradoxes in Gordon’s Geography. II. Fifty-five new and amazing Paradoxes, some in Verse, some in Prose, with their Solutions. III. An Algebraical Solution to the Hundred Arithmetical and Geometrical Problems, left unanswered in Hill’s Arithmetick, and Alexander’s Algebra... IV. Misecllaneous Rules about forming Enigmas, Questions, the Doctrine of Eclipses, or Pendulums, the Equation of Time, concerning Easter, &c. By a Lover of the Mathematicks. London: Printed for M. Cooper, 1751. First UK edition. 8vo. A-S6, T2. 220p. Modern antique calf, gilt rules to covers and spine, red title label, gilt title, new endpapers, blanks are present, light toning, light stain to top right corner of title, no real affect (see picture), overall a clean and crisp copy of a very rare book. At time of description we locate no other copies of this edition for sale, and only one copy of an earlier edition. Illustrated with several diagrams and tables. ESTC lists only 10 copies, 3 in the USA. All editions of the book are rare. Three editions were published between 1730-1770 in Dublin at the Globe in Meath-Street, and though the 1770 edition is considered and stated as the third edition, our London copy would be the true third edition, it is very rare. Earlier editions include a frontispiece, this edition was printed without one. Fuller (d.1736) was an author of books on mathematics ,astronomy , puzzles and paradoxes as well as several popular religious treatises. He worked as a bookseller, printer, and publisher. He was also a part-time Quaker schoolmaster. ESTC: T39039. Taylor, Math. Practitioners Of Hanoverian Eng, 259a. Munter, Dict. of Print Trade in Ireland, 108.
Mathematics. Science. Algebra. Paradoxes. Problem solving. Geometry. Arithmetic. Games. Magic. Puzzles. Occult. DP20245 $375.00
[Freemasonry - Manuscript Diploma on Vellum 1823].
Diploma for Frere Brisac (Olery). Paris: 1823. Rare. 325 x 445mm. Vellum document ,lithographed, with names and degrees filled-in by hand signed by 12 members of the Rite of Ste. Jean of the Temple of Paris, with circular stamp of the Temple. Finely decorated with masonic symbols, architectural pieces and decorative elements. with two colored ribbons inserted. Frere Brisac was 27 years of age when he achieved this distinction. Freemasonry. Occult. Illustrated. France. DP20151 $300.00
The Parson's Counsellor, with the Law of Tythes or Tything: in Two Books. The first sheweth the order every parson, vicar &c. ought to observe in obtaining a spiritual preferment, and what duties are incumbent upon him after the taking the same, and many other things necessary for every clergy-man to know and observe. The second shews, in what manner all sorts of tythes offerings, mortuaries, and other church-duties are to be paid, as well in London as elsewhere, and as well by the canon and common and statute-laws, and in what courts and manner they may be recovered, what charges they are subject to, and many other things concerning the same; necessary for clergy-men and all others to know. London: Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkyns for Richard Sark and Joseph Hindmarsh, 1695. 8vo. 2parts in 1. A8[-A1, imprimatur leaf], a8, B-2F7 [-F8 ads]. , 412, p. Full calf, banded, title on red morocco label, old signature on t.p. Minor wear to edges of spine and rubbing at corners. Lacks license leaf, text complete. Degge, Sir Simon (1612?–1703), judge. He was knighted on 2 March 1670. Degge served as high sheriff of Derbyshire in 1674–5 and the following year published The Parson's Counsellor, with Law of Tithes or Tithing, a leading textbook on the subject for many years. Wing D856. ESTC:R6605. Law. Tithes. Ecclesiatical law. DP20116 $250.00
Fisher, George, Accompant.
The Instructor: Or, Young Man's Best Companion. Containing, Spelling, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic...To which is added, The Family's Best Companion: With Instruction for Marking Linen, how Pickle and Preserve; to make divers Sorts of Wine; and many excellent Plasters and Medicines... Ana A Compendium of the Sciences of Geography and Astronomy. London:J. Fuller et al., 1775. 12mo. A6, B-R12. xii, 384p. Contemp. sheep, blind-tooled, spine worn, old owner's inscription on endpapers: "Thomas Rawle...1780-1828", some foxing. Frontis. 2 full-page & 1 folding plate, text cuts. A enormously popular eighteenth-century handbook of useful instruction. ESTC:N8733 (2 copies only). Writing. Schoolbook. Food. Wine. Sewing. Children. Science. Astronomy. Mathematics. Accounting. DP 20104 $150.00
Dupuis, Citoyen [Charles Francois].
Planches De L’Origine De Tous Les Cultes, Avec Leur Explication. Paris: Chez H. Agasse, 1795. First Edition. Atlas only of four volumes. 4to. 16p. 22 plates. Lacks frontispiece [bound that way]. Later blue paper boards, edges worn and rubbed, spine mostly rubbed off, title label chipped, hinges started. Foxing throughout, but mostly only outer margins on plate leaves. Plate 8 with tear to far outer margin, no affect to plate itself. Half title with chip to outer margin, no affect. Ex-libris stamp “De La Bibliotheque d’Armand de Terwangne” to top of first blank leaf. Dupuis, Charles Francois (1742-1809), French political leader, philosopher, atheist. Member of the Academy of Inscriptions and a member of the Council of Five Hundred. His main work was “The Origin of All Cults, or Universal Religion”, in which he developed a theory of ascribing the origina of all religious myths to astral representations. Dupuis denied the historicity of Christ, whom he viewed as a mythological image of the sun. The beginning of the mythological school (The tendency in the bourgeois historiography of Christianity that denies Christ’s historicity) is associated with his name. Plates include homes of the planets, zodiac, planispheres, calendar of Isis, and more. Caillet 3420. Graesse II:449. Dorbin, Esoterica: 1403. Guaita 1337. Occult. Illustrated. Esoterica. Religion. Symbolism. Zodiac. Astronomy. Mythology. Atlas. Cosmography.
Dale, Antonius [Anthony] van.
De Oraculis Ethnicorum Dissertationes Duae...Accedit Et Schediasma De Consecrationibus Ethnics. Amsterdam: Henricum & Theodori Boom, 1683. First Edition. Rare. 8vo. *-**8, A-2I8, 2K6. , 510,  p. Contemporary calf, floral gilt decorated spine,bottom of spine chipped, front hinge started, light dampstains in lower outer corner. Title with small library stamp outer margin. Folding plate with light pen lines and repairs to folds on verso, otherwise very good (see picture). Additional title and folding plate by Romeyn de Hooghe. The first edition of a work debunking the oracles of ancient Greece and Rome. Van Dale (1638-1708) Mennonite preacher, medical director of the hospital at Haarlem. "He early discovered an eager taste for acquiring the languages, which, for some time, his parents obliged him to give up for the more profitable pursuit of commerce. He, however, resumed his studies when about thirty years of age, acquired skill in Greek and Latin antiquities, and took his degree in physic, which science he practiced with success. In this work on oracles he holds that they were frauds of the priests. Fontenelle has abridged this work in his "des Oracles." Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) Dutch engraver, one of the greatest book artists of his period.
Thorndike VIII: 477. Caillet 10999. Brunet V:1069. Occult. Oracles. Fortune telling. Magic. Classics. DP20094 $400.00
Franzos, Karl Emil, ed.
Die Suggestion Und Die Dichtung. Gutachen über Hypnose und Suggestion. Berlin: F. Fontane & Co., 1892. First Edition. 8vo. xxx, 129, p. Contemorary mottled boards, red leather spine label, minor wear and chipping. Ownership stamp of Fr. Greil of Ludwigsburg, booklabel of Haskell Norman. Text is near fine. "This collection of essays on "Suggestion and poetry" includes contributions by Emil du Bois-Reymond, Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Hermann von Helmholtz. Karl Franzos (1848-1904) , the editor, was an Austrian-Jewish novelist and journalist who exerted an important influence on late nineteenth-century German literature through his editorship of the periodical Deutsche Dichtung," [-Norman Cat].
Norman 835 (This copy). Not in Crabtree. Occult. Hypnotism. Mesmerism. Animal magnetism. Psychology. DP20076 $150.00
Notables Gesprach Zweyer Jesuiter-Monche Pater Johann Baptist Girard, Rector des Kongl. Seminarii de la Marina in der Stadt Toulon, Und dem kongigl. Frantzosischen Beicht-Vater P. La Chaise. Cologne [Frankfurt]: [N.P.], 1731. First Edition. 4to. A-E4. 40p. Modern full pebble-grain leather, gilt title. Engraved frontipiece. Fassmann (1683-1744). “In 1683, there appeared in Paris the Noveaux dialogues des morts of Fontenelle, in which eminent deceased persons, such as princes, statesmen, ans scholars, told of their lives and compared them with each other. Fassmann picked up this idea and ucceeded in holding interest of the public with it for several decennia... Although Fassmann’s for safety’s and caution’s sake, professes to agree with the contemporary theologians in various matters, the work remains substantially true to the spirit of the early Enlightenment. It shows journalistic tendencies, as well as some of the flair of the professional writer who knows how to deal with subjects appealing to the popular and sensation-seeking taste of the time.” [-Faber du Faur]. Jean-Baptiste Girard (1680-1733).
Weller, Falschen, 77. Hayn/Gotendorf III, 400 "Selten". Theology. Religion. Dialogues. Death. German Baroque Literature. DP20075 $125.00
Defoe, Daniel, attrib.
Dictionarium Sacrum seu Religiosum. A Dictionary of All Religions, Ancient and Modern. Whether Jewish, Pagan, Christian or Mahometan. More Particularly Comprehending I. The Lives and Doctrines of the Authors and Propagators. II The Respective Divisions, Sects and Heresies, III. Not only the True, but False Objects of Worship, such as Heathen Gods, Idols,&c. IV. The various Ways and Places of Adoration. V. All Religious Orders and Communities. VI. Sacred Rites, Utensils and Festivals. VII. Distinct Offices and Functions. VIII. Rules, Customs, Ceremonies, &c. London: for James Knapton, 1704. First Edition. Scarce. 8vo. A-2I8. p. Full modern two-tone calf, gilt lettering on spine. Red and brown speckled edges. Includes name of previous owner "Jo(seph) Raisbeth" on first blank leaf, notations on title page and final leaf, all in manuscript. Occasional underlining in red or blue pencil through course of text. A lexicon of religious names and terms. This is said to be the first dictionary of its type in English. The attribution to Defoe is in question. ESTC: T138451. Halkett & Laing II,60. Lowndes II,616. Vancil 71. Not in Moore. Dictionary. Occult. Religion. Mythology. DP20082 $400.00
Davenant, John, Bishop of Salisbury.
Expositio Epistolae D.Pauli ad Colossenses... Olim ab eodem, Dominae Margaretae in Academia Cantabrigiensi Professore Theologico, dictata. Geneva: Samuel Chouet, 1655. Scarce. 4to. *4,A-3O4,3P3 [-3P4 blank]. , 464, p. Modern antique calf with 4 bands and gilt lettering on the spine. Old owner’s signature on title page. Engraved headpiece, initial letter. Davenant, John (bap. 1572, d. 1641), bishop of Salisbury. "he became known as a staunch defender of Calvinist orthodoxy..." [-ODNB]. This work was first printed in 1627.
OCLC 731716332 (lists only 3 copies, none in USA). Religion. Theology. Bible. DP20086 $250.00
Dendy, Walter Cooper.
The Philosophy Of Mystery. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1845. First US Edition. 8vo. vi, 7-442, p. Original brown gilt publisher's cloth, hinges started, some edge wear, foxing. "A critical examination of the question of ghosts, specters, fantasies, mythology, & demonology. There are sections on sleep, dream sleepwalking, & trance. A chapter on mesmerism follows seeking to bring a skeptical attitude to the rather extraordinary magnetic phenomena…& explaining all in terms of natural law, as opposed to supernatural intervention." [-Crabtree 438]. Price 156. Crabtree 438.
Occult. Witchcraft. Superstition. Magic. Psychology. DP20069 $75.00
Dellon, Gabriel [Charles]. Henry Wharton, trans.
The History Of The Inquisition, As It Is Exercised at Goa, In the East-Indies, Under the Domination of the King of Portugal. Written in French by Mosieur Dellon, Who laboured Five Years under the Severities of that Inquisition. With An Account of his Deliverance. London: R. Baldwin, [c.1750] 4to. A2, B-I4, K6. , 76p. Modern cloth, title gilt on spine, small hole in blank fore-margin of A2, a few page numbers at head slightly trimmed, clean copy. Gabriel (a.k.a. Charles) Dellon (1649-1709?) was a French physician who travelled in the Indies and was arrested by the Portugese and in 1674 was transported to Goa and condemned to serve five years on the galleys. Caillet remarks on the impartiality of his account of the Inquisition. Despite its impartiality,it was put on the Index in 1690. With an advertisement leaf: this History of the inquisition at Goa was translated by the Rev. Mr. Henry Wharton, .. and was first published in .. 1688. A reissue of the 1748 edition with a cancel title-page and advertisement leaf. Wharton, Henry (1664–1695), Church of England clergyman and historian.
Occult. Inquisition. Travel. Portugal. Religion. Illustrated. Witchcraft. DP20041 $350.00
Relation De L'Inquisition De Goa. Paris: Daniel Hortemels, 1688. Second, expanded edition. 12mo. a12,e1,A-T12,V3. ,437,p. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, head of spine chipped, inscription on verso of t.p., finger soiling, large margins, one plate is remounted. 4 engravings (2 folding), 6 text vignettes by P. Sevin. Gabriel (a.k.a. Charles) Dellon (1649-1709?) was a French physician who travelled in the Indies and was arrested by the Portugese and in 1674 was transported to Goa and condemned to serve five years on the galleys. Caillet remarks on the impartiality of his account of the Inquisition. Despite its impartiality,it was put on the Index in 1690. Caillet 2954. Fesch 466. Yve-Plessus 1139. Rosenthal, Magica,4725. Van der Vekene 275 (other eds.). Occult. Inquisition. Travel. Portugal. Religion. Illustrated. Witchcraft.
Faber, George Stanley.
The Difficulties Of Infidelity. New York: J. & J., Harper for D. Cooledge, 1829. 8vo. xi, , 13-214p. Publisher's cloth-backed paper boards, title on paper-label, slightly chipped; some foxing. Faber (1773-1854), controversialist and prolific author on anthropological and apocalyptic subjects. "His books on the primitive doctrines of election and justification retain some importance." [-DNB] This work is an examination of "The difficulties attendant upon deistical infidelity." Faber marshals primitive Christianity, the "false" religions of Mohammed, Odin, and a plethora of theological debates to prove that "the rejection of Christianity involves a higher degree of credulity than the acceptance of it.... [and] that it is more difficult to pronounce the gospel as an imposture than to admit it as a revelation from heaven." [-Feldman p.397]. NSTC 2F432.
Occult. Religion. Sex. DP20023 $50.00